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Today FM is changing things up with a Duffy/D'Arcy switch

The Louise Duffy Show will come to an end this summer.

Louise Duffy's afternoon show on Today FM will come to an end this summer.
Louise Duffy's afternoon show on Today FM will come to an end this summer.
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TODAY FM HAS announced some big changes to its daily lineup with Fergal D’Arcy and Louise Duffy set to switch slots this summer.

The latter currently hosts the Louise Duffy Show each afternoon between 2.30-4.30pm, but from August she’ll be moving down the schedule to present a more music-focused show in the evenings.

Taking her place will be Fergal D’Arcy, who joined that station last year from iRadio and currently occupies Today FM’s 7-9pm slot as well as hosting a four-hour show on Saturday afternoons.

His new weekday afternoon show will begin in July.

Today FM says that D’Arcy has proved to be “hugely popular with listeners” since he started his show last year and will now be ‘taking up the mantel’ of the hugely important afternoon slot.

D’Arcy was a presenter on iRadio for eight years before moving to national radio and Today FM’s head of programming Colm O’Sullivan says his “vast experience” will be invaluable in his new role.

The latest JNLR figures showed D’Arcy increasing his weekly audience by 6,000 listeners per week over his two shows and Duffy losing 3,000.

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Commenting on the decision to move Duffy from her afternoon slot, Today FM says that the move comes as she launches her own fashion and style website.

Duffy herself says she wouldn’t have been able to run a website and present an afternoon show on the same day.

“I knew it wasn’t feasible to be able to dedicate the time required to a new business venture and prepare for and present my afternoon show,” she said. “I spoke to the guys here in the station and thankfully we made it work.”

“I’m delighted to have the chance to present a show that allows me to switch the focus to new music and emerging talent. ”

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